One of the great museum cities of the world, Washington D.C. is home to the famous Smithsonian Institution (originally funded by the British scientist James Smithson, who never visited America), and plenty more museums and art galleries, that can easily fill days on end. More have opened since I visited in 2008 but here’s a taster.
National Air and Space Museum
As a boy obsessed with planes and space visiting this was something of a dream come true, though about 15 years past the heyday. Filled with iconic planes and space craft including the Wright Brothers, X1, X15, Mercury capsule, and Apollo lunar lander. I was like a kid in a sweet shop exploring the place, and clearly wasn’t the only one who felt that way.
National Gallery of Art
Testament to America’s wealth in terms of the collection of masters, and America’s creativity in the collection of modern works, plus has a lovely central courtyard.National Portrait Gallery
No shortage of famous Americans to warrant inclusion in this collection.